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the only problem is i hear mitch mcconnell and the wit say all about that, but it was the president that called and canceled that. host: thank you, caller. that is the last call for today. we go to the house of representatives. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms. washington, d.c. january 16, 2019. hereby aa point the honorable albio sirse to act as -- sires to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 3, 2019, the chair will now recognize for
members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties . all time shall be equally allocated between the parties and in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from alabama, mrs. roby, for five minutes. mr. speaker, 45 years ago the supreme court of the united states herds the infamous roe v. wade decision that legalized abortion on demand in this country. while many abortion activists
celebrate this as a victory for so-called women's health, it represents a particularly somber occasion for those who advocate for life. since that 1973 ruling, more than 60 million unborn children in this country have had their lives terminated by abortion. to say this is a tragedy is an understatement. 60 million. mr. speaker, it is no secret that i am unapologetically prolife. i begin that life begins at conception and we should work harder to build a culture that values life at every stage. while not everyone shares my convictions about life or on certain policies surrounding rights of unborn children, our prolife movement is still
strong. this friday, thousands of americans will gather just outside of this building at the national mall to participate in this year's march for life. an annual event where the prolife community comes together to advocate for the lives and rights of unborn children. some of the activists gathered here on friday will have traveled from alabama's second district. as far as 900 miles, to stand up for life. so, mr. speaker, i want to take this opportunity to send a message to the thousands of pro-life marchers, especially those from southeast alabama i have the privilege of representing in congress. thank you, thank you for your dedication to this most worthy cause. it is our responsibility to speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves. i am deeply grateful for your
commitment to this incredibly important duty. and i along with my prolife colleagues here in congress stand with you. my promise to you is that i will continue to use this seat in congress that i have been given to be a vocal advocate for the unborn. i will continue to join you in defending the defenseless. our momentum is strong, especially during this time each year, but our work is far from being complete. i won't stop fighting until our laws and policies protect lives at every stage. and i hope you won't, either. thank you, mr. speaker. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from new york, ms. velazquez, for five minutes. mr. velazquez: thank you, mr. speaker. as of this week the trump shut down has become the longest
government shutdown in american history. it's bad enough that the president has doubled down on his demands for a senseless, expensive, and hateful border wall. it's even worse that he's called in federal workers, inflicting pain and suffering on dedicated public servants. last week federal workers began officially missing a paycheck. these 800,000 workers, both employees an subcontractors, fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters. they have mouths to feed and mortgages to pay. they must put groceries on the table and gasoline in their cars. yet because one person in washington decided to throw a political temper tantrum over a foolish wall, many of them are now having to cut can expenses and sacrifice and make tough choices in their family budget.
the latest outrageous development occurred when last week donald trump threatened to take disaster funds away from the army corps of engineers to pay for this wall. he even suggested taking something away from puerto rico as the island struggles to recover from historic hurricanes, the aftermath of which cost 3,000 of our fellow citizens their lives. think about that. the president wants to take money away from americans who are suffering from natural disaster. in puerto rico, texas, california, and elsewhere to fund a hateful wall aimed at demonizing immigrant communities. this is shameful and it's immoral. now we have gotten word that h.u.d. may be using the shutdown as a predicate for
reducing disaster funding to the people of puerto rico. last week, h.u.d. put out a surprise notice claiming that the shutdown is preventing them from proceeding with disaster recovery efforts. funds congress allocated on a bipartisan basis almost a year ago. and yet h.u.d. very own contingency plans dictates that shut downs under no circumstance should affect disaster related operations. i fear that secretary carson is playing politics with the shut down and the people of puerto rico. putting the island's recovery at risk. mr. speaker, this shut down must end. the president's shameful insistence on a border wall is harming our workers and families. everything from the food we eat to counterterrorism, to travel safety are impacted by the
ump shutdown and now threatening greater pain on those who have survived natural disasters. that is unacceptable, mr. president. the american people implore you, stop holding federal workers and other americans hostage. stop threatening parts of our nation that are recovering from natural disaster. don't put people's lives at risk. do your job, reopen government and get back to work. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities towards the president. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins, for five minutes. mr. collins: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to discuss an individual and honor an individual who is a member of this body for many, many
years from the state of georgia and he just ended his term as governor for the last eight years, nathan deal. i saw him yesterday i was looking through pictures on social media, it showed a picture that showed as it should properly show, when you think of nathan deal, you saw him leaving the capitol for the last time, arm in arm with his beloved sandra. that's the way they have governed for the last eight years. nathan deal has brought a sense of accomplishment. he brought a sense of pride. not only did he do that up here in the halls of congress where he served able youy and was on energy and commerce committee and took the interest of georgia to heart in everything that he did, when he went back to georgia, though, became our governor, i believe he hit his stride that has brought georgia so far in the last eight years. when he first got there i was in the state legislature and honored i was a part of his team as the floor leader. at that time our rainy day fund was basically nonexistent. it is now over $2 billion. at that time we had fledgling
beginning industry in films and motion pictures that has now become the envy literally of the world and one of the top places in all of the world to make blockbuster films. he's taken an aging infrastructure and transportation plan and now has given hope to the transportation plan in georgia. but also when i came here to congress and last congress we were able to work on criminal justice along with this president and his administration, but many way it is would not have happened up here if it had not been for governor nathan deal. when he went to georgia he began to look at our criminal justice system. he began to look how we were treating those who needed a second chance, who needed the hope that was provided in the system, that was not providing what it needed to. nathan deal took a stand. and georgia has become an international leader in how we take care of those individuals in our criminal justice system. we have seen crime rates decrease, families put back together, and a better georgia.
personally, i have known governor deal for almost 35, 40 years. i played basketball with his son. he and sandra and my mom p and dad would actually work at the concession stands together many years ago. that is nathan deal. he's never been afraid to do the hard work, to not take the claim or the glory, but just got the job done. as governor he raised civil discourse in georgia. he made people think. and he made our state better. so yesterday as i i saw a picture of governor deal and sandra arm in arm, i could not help but think how this man has touched so many lives, including my own, with phone calls, with encouragement to be a better person and also in our case to be a bert state. georgia has been honored to have nathan deal as governor for the last eight years. we're looking forward to the administration with brian kemp. i will have to say, the shoes
are big. governor deal, did you us proud. mr. speaker, i rise today in recognition of carol martin, chief of police of the city of gainesville. e's retiring on january 331, 019 after protecting our city for 32 years. first joining in 1987 as a patrol officer, chief martin has dedicated her life to public safety. she's advanced through the ranks of investigators, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major, until august of 2014 when she made history as the very first female chief of police for the city of gainesville. her career in law enforcement has been marked with excellence. in 1997 she was recognized by the gainesville elks lodge as police chief of the year. 2003 and 2007 the gainesville kiwanis club presented her with the john w. jacobs moral award for her excellence in law enforcement. she's an active member of the international and georgia associations of chiefs of police and serves as a board member on the gainesville rape response and georgia law
enforcement state certification program. her resume is superseded only by her character. over three decades she's made great sacrifices to serve and protect our communities. as the son of a state trooper, i know the danger they face each and every day. she's continualually put her life on the line so the people of gainesville do not have to fear for their own. i want to congratulate her for her retirement and thank her for her dedicated life and service to the rule of law and protecting the people of northeast georgia and being a dear friend. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from arizona, mr. o'halleran, for five minutes. mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the life navajo code talker alfred newman who passed away this week. he was one of the last surviving members of the navajo code talkers, a group of brave
navajo marines who used their native language to create unbreakable codes that were used in the pacific during world war ii. he served our nation with honor from gaudle can canal to iwo jima. he was creentsly honored with other code talkers at the white house ceremony and was awarded the congressional silver medal for his service in 2001. mr. speaker, alfred newman was a hero. he and his fellow code talkers saved the lives of countless troops with their unbreakable codes and they deserve our respect and honor every day. my prayers are with his family and loved ones and the entire navajo nation as they mourn the passing of this hero and celebrate his life. mr. speaker, i was saddened to hear of the passing of the former navajo president milton. raised in a traditional navajo
home, president bluehouse graduated from the mission school and served the united states army for three years. throughout his life, he represented the interests of his community and the tribal council, before serving as president for a short time. . he had many ambitious plans to elp at-risk youths, expand programs to improve tribal communities. president bluehouse will be remembered for his commitment to the navajo people and for ensuring the federal government upheld its obligations to the tribe. my prayers are with his family and loved ones and the entire navajo nation the as they mourn the passing and celebrate his life. mr. president -- mr. speaker, i'm sorry. mr. speaker, it's time to open up government. we can no longer think we're not having an impact on our
economy. we can no longer think that the safety of americans that fly in our skies or eat the food in america are not at risk. we can no longer imagine that the families, the millions of families that are being impacted are not suffering. it is time. this is the greatest nation on earth. it's the only one in my entire life that i've seen that has closed down government. our counties don't do it. our states don't do it. our cities don't do it. but the greatest nation on earth can find a way to close down government? this should never, ever happen in our country. we should never put our citizens through this. we have the money to pay the staff. we have to find ways to get out
of this problem and never let it happen again. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for five minutes. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to commend franklin high school graduate on earning a prestigious fellowship. michael, who graduated from franklin high school in 2015, is expected to graduate from princeton university in june, has been awarded the charles b. rangel international affairs fellowship following a nationwide contest. the fellowship is funded by the u.s. department of state and administered by howard university right here in washington. the rangel graduate fellowship aims to attract and prepare young people for careers in the foreign service where they can help formulate, represent, and implement u.s. foreign policy. the rangel program selects outstanding fellows annually in a highly competitive nationwide process and supports them through two years of graduate
study, internships, mentoring, and professional development activities. michael's completing certificates in princeton in african studies, latin american studies. he spent a semester abroad in greece where he worked in english as a second language instructor. since 2016 he taught is english in new ond language jersey. and he worked to design, install a water system in peru. as part of the project he co-led a 12-person team to offer a spanish language manual system. water he was named salud torian of his class, played football, captain of the team. also a wrestler and attained the rank of eagle scout with the boy scouts of america. michael is the son of tom and
nancy of polk, pennsylvania. mr. speaker, i'm grateful for american men and women who are committed to serving this country at home and abroad. i have no doubt michael will excell in his fellowship and help promote positive change globely and i congratulate michael on this outstanding achievement. i wish him the best as he per sues this opportunity. thank you, mr. speaker -- as he pursues this opportunity. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from new hampshire, mr. pappas, for five minutes. mr. pappas: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise to share the stories of hardworking granite staters who are feeling the pain of this shutdown on its 26th day. middle class families in new hampshire are suffering because politicians in washington can't complete the most basic task of governing. they're fed up with the gridlock and endless delays. they're exhausted by the partisan political excuses. they just want us to do our jobs and to reopen the federal government. this weekend i met with an air traffic controller from dairy. he told me that his co-workers
are not going to be able to pay their mortgages and keep up with household bills if the shutdown goes on any longer. he explained that they are intensely proud of the service they provide to the american people and simply want to do their jobs and get paid on time. is that really too much to ask? mr. speaker, let's reopen our government for the sake of every federal employee who works tirelessly to keep the traveling public safe. two fire departments in my district have applied for safer grants through fema. they needed the process to begin in december in order to get approval at town meetings in march. the shutdown has blocked the review of these applications. mr. speaker, let's reopen our government so local fire departments and first responders can get the resources they need to protect our communities. the spiraling effects of this shutdown are becoming more apparent each and every day. the manchester transit authority is concerned about whether they'll be able to keep buses running since they haven't been able to draw on federal funds since december. in addition, crisis centers in
new hampshire haven't been able to access the funding they typically receive from the office of violence against women to assist survivors of sexual and domestic violence. that's completely unacceptable. mr. speaker, let's reopen our government so people can get to work on time and local organizations can continue to support victims of crime and abuse. the president says this shutdown is necessary to protect the american people. yet, every story i hear in my district demonstrates this shutdown is making us less safe. the longer our government remains closed, the less secure our country will be. mr. speaker, this shutdown has shown us the worst of washington, the dysfunction and political gamesmanship that has no regard for people's lives. but it's also bringing out the very best of people in our state. their sense of decency and patriotism. their willingness to lend a helping hand for those in need. granite staters have banded together to help federal workers, from offering no-low
loans to offering food donations. the wood island association is giving gift cards to coast guard personnel to help them make ends meet while they work without pay. people in our communities are coming together to support everyday americans who are the victims of this shutdown. o why can't our leaders in washington do the same? to my colleagues from across the aisle, to our colleagues in the senate, end this shutdown now. let's move forward for the people's business. we need to reopen the government and we need to do it before this bad situation gets any worse. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from arkansas, mr. hill, for five minutes. mr. hill: i thank the speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today on national religious freedom day to announce that i'm reintroducing my resolution in the house in support of the coptic christians in egypt. i sponsored a nearly identical resolution last congress, and i
truly appreciate the support i received from more than 50 of my house colleagues that co-sponsored that resolution. egypt and the united states are important partners in the fight against terrorism in the region. egypt's role at camp david has led to some of the closest ties between the united states, egypt, and israel in their history. i'm reintroducing this resolution because the egyptian government can do more to protect its christian citizens. i have great respect for president el-sisi, someone i had the privilege to meet with on two occasions, and i applaud the changes el-sisi has made in the areas of religious tolerance and plurality. he continues to say and do the right things at the top level of government. having a good relationship with the coptic pope, attending mass on multiple occasions, getting some churches reconstructed while constructing the largest christian cathedral in the middle east in the new
administrative center outside cairo and in holding terrorists accountable for their atrocities. but, mr. speaker, there is more to do. i stressed to the egyptian foreign affairs officials that i meet with that this is not an attack on president el-sisi. to the contrary. i acknowledge the support and partnership and friendship that we have with egypt, but there is more that can be done in the area of protecting religious freedom and human rights. especially in the rural parts of the country. the state department's 2018 religious freedom report on egypt names minya province as a particular area for concern. the egyptians routinely claim they have no minorities in egypt. we are all egyptians and we all take our water from the nile, is something that is frequently said. but from my studies and in my view, there is a population in egypt that does not have the same protections of rule of law as others.
the country must do better in places like minya province. following secretary pompeo's recent visit to egypt, one of the associated press wrote, el-sisi's widely publicized policy to staunch sectarianism has done little to protect christians in rural egypt where muslim extremists frequently attack their homes and businesses or force them to eave their homes after violent disputes. critics and activists say discrimination against christians there is often tolerated by local authorities and branches of the security agencies. mr. speaker, my resolution calls on the egyptian government to end this culture of impunity for attacks on christians and do undertake the arrest, prosecution, and convictions of individuals who carry out attacks on cops or other christians in egypt. it calls on the government to
hold these local government officials accountable who fail to enforce the law. i stand with secretary of state pompeo and support his message that was, quote, more work needs to be done to maximize the potential of the egyptian nation and its people. i'm glad america will be a partner in these efforts, closed quote. however, as the second highest recipient of american military aid in the world, the united states government must use the tools that it has to hold our allies to a higher standard if they are to continue to receive our aid. i encourage egypt to live up to the legacy of camp david at home, working to achieve what former president called permanent peace based on justice. today in america we commemorate virginia's 1786 adoption of thomas jefferson's statute for religious freedom. in his proclamation today, president trump urged all americans to help secure this
blessing, both at home and around the world. all people around the world, regardless of their religious affiliation, deserve the same freedom to practice their chosen religion like we've enjoyed here in the united states of america for more than 200 years. permanent peace based on justice for the coptic christians of egypt, that's my goal with this resolution. as president reagan said, respect for human rights is not social work. it's not merely an act of compassion. it is the first obligation of government and the source of its legitimacy. mr. speaker, the respect for human rights and religious freedom is fundamental to the american position. and i will continue to promote this issue for coptic christians and all egyptians who take their water from the nile. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. costa, for
five minutes. mr. costa: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for five minutes and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. costa: mr. speaker, i rise today to speak about the irresponsible government shutdown that is hurting people, not only in my district, but throughout california and our nation. there is no good reason, no good reason for our government to be shut down. as national leaders, one of the most important responsibilities as members of congress is in fact to pass a budget every year on time, and always to keep government open. but since 2010, we have seen a phenomena take place where groups on both sides think, well, there can be justification to shut down government for an agenda, usually politically motivated, and put all of our other
responsibilities aside. over half the members of congress have been here less than six years. i say this government shutdown, any government shutdown is irresponsible. we are supposed to have a budget for our country, like every family has a budget and every business has a budget. when the government shuts down, , ople suffer, families suffer veterans suffer, all americans suffer. approximately 800,000 federal employees are currently furloughed or working without pay across the country. last friday in my home state of california, over 37,000 federal employees did not receive their paychecks. that is irresponsible. yesterday was payday for the united states coast guard, protecting our seas throughout our nation, a vital part of america's national security,
they got a paycheck with a printed zero on it for their wage. our national parks are operating without full staff or guides. we've had already americans die as a result of the shutdown. one in yosemite, close to my district. a government shutdown is putting americans in danger in other ways as well. by shutting down the government, the president is making border security, supposedly the reason for all of this, more difficult and stop paying key law enforcement personnel, including customs and border protection, federal prosecutors, immigration judges, immigration and custom enforcement agents and members, as i said earlier, of the coast guard. this is a manufactured crisis in order to pursue a political agenda. it's just not right. . it's not the way our government is supposed to function. . within the united states homeland security investigative agents investigate human
trafficking, drug smuggling, entrance national criminal gangs are working without pay. does that make any sense? i thought this was supposed to be about national security. we ought to be paying these folks. the department of justice stopped processing discretionary grants that supports state and local law enforcement, which is critical. i can tell you california, where we have many of these challenges. i have been listening to the people back home. that's our job. we're supposed to listen. for 25 days now the shut down's been hurting the people of our san joaquin valley. middle class families are suffering. we have i.r.s. officers and large number of federal employees in my district that are not working and they are not receiving paychecks. many of these individuals have shared that they don't even know how they are going to be able to feed their children. or pay their mortgage. or their car payment. because the majority of families live what? from paycheck to paycheck. in fact a. a group of federal employees in my district are at
point of needing to take out loans and trying to find other jobs which makes no sense, to keep themselves and their families afloat. the pain raid yachts affecting our local smis. small businesses in downtown fresno and many other communities throughout my district are being impacted. along with the federal offices that involve the united states department ofing a aing a and the ability to operate their offices. and there are those who contract with the government that are looking at not receiving paychecks. it's affecting our nation's economy and there's clear can proof of that. mr. speaker, this harm must stop. let me say again there is no good reason for a government shut down. we have our differences to be sure and we ought to be negotiating those differences on border security and other matters. on december 18, the senate passed a a bipartisan agreement unanimously to keep the government opened that was acceptable to both chambers and the president. and then, the next day, -- it
did not include funding for a border wall, the next day the president changed his mind. this shut down is not about securing our border, but it's about consistently providing funding to improve our border security and we can do that. we should do that. i urge my colleagues to get to work. the american people expect better. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee, for five minutes. nun kustoff: thank you -- mr. kustoff: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor and recognize a true public servant and friend of mine, bob kirk, from diersburg, tennessee. he served as an alderman for the city for 51 years. leaves this position this month. not only with many years of dedicated service, but also as
the longest serving elected official in the state of tennessee. bob kirk's service to the nation and to our state started immediately following his high school graduation when he dedicated four years to the united states air force. after serving in the military, bob returned home to start his career, at colonial rubber works. he was a loyal employee for 30 years until his retirement in 1996. during bob's tenure as an alderman, he played an instrumental role in securing a tennessee highway patrol office in diers -- dyersburg and he's been present and active for so many economic wins on behalf of the city of dyersburg. in addition to his elected position, bob has remained extremely active in numerous
community organizations. last spring the tennessee municipal league offered honored bob by creating a new award in honor that will bear his name. the bob kirk local government leadership award. this award is going to be given annually to outstanding public servants who not only go above and beyond the call of duty, but also do a great job in serving their communities. the bob -- to bob and his wife carol, i speak on behalf of west tennessee and the state of tennessee and i say thank you for your service to the city of dyersburg. thank you for your service to dyers county. you epitomize public service in your love for community. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. green, for five minutes. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker.
mr. speaker, and still i rise. proud to have the pre-eminent privilege of serving in the congress of the united states of america. proud american, and proud to say that on yesterday this ongress went on record indicating that it is opposed to bigotry. went on record saying it's opposed to hate. i would like to just read to you the style of the resolution. this was h.res. 41. it reads rejecting white nationalism and white supremacy. that's the style of the resolution. i will not read all of the whereases, but i do think it's appropriate to read the resolved. resolved that the house of representatives once again
rejects white nationalism and white supremacy as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the united states of america. i want to thank all of my colleagues. i heard many of them speak. and much of what was said really touched my heart. i thank them for saying it. because it was made very clear yesterday this we reject bigotry. it was made very clear that bigotry will not be tolerated. i'm appreciative that this happened because there was a time in the history of our country when such a revolution would not have been brought -- resolution would not have been brought before the house of representatives. there was a time when people would deny the existence of cism and bigotry and hate,
xenophobia, anti-semitism there. was a time when people would deny the existence. when you deny the existence of something, you don't have to deal with it because you say that it isn't there. doesn't exist. why would you deal with it? but yesterday we went on record not only saying that we reject it, but we also, i acknowledge the existence of it, which is important. but i also have to single out just one representative who spoke, congressman bobby rush, who voted against the resolution. one vote against. i say he spoke -- he voted against it. i want to acknowledge he was right. he was right. because he said, it wasn't enough. i concur. i thank my colleagues for the
resolution indicating that we opposed bigotry. but the real question that we have to answer at some point in the future is the corollary that flows from being in opposition to bigotry. the corollary is this. if you oppose bigotry, if you reject bigotry, will you reject the bigot? you reject racism, will you go on record rejectsing the racist? -- rejecting the racist? if we're antithetical to anti-semitism, will you go on record rejecting and opposing the anti-semite? this is the question. i appreciate greatly and am going to be eternally grateful to those who brought this resolution. it was timely. it was something that was
necessary. but i also appreciate mr. rush's position because the corollary has to be addressed at some point. e can cannot continue to say we're opposed to something. that's a talking point. we have to get to the action item, which is what are you going to do about it if you oppose it? what will you do about it? what will do you about it when it emanates from the highest office in the land? what will you do about it? will you simply say i oppose it? or will you take a vote to indicate that it's an action item and you are going to reject it? one step closer to impeachment. yesterday's resolution brought us one step closer. he clock is ticking.
impeachment is not dead. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities towards the president. the chair recognizes the gentleman from kentucky, mr. barr, for five minutes. in barr: during a a meeting the white house our newly elected speaker of the house interrupted homeland security secretary neilsen who was reciting statistics related to the border. quote, i reject your facts, unquote, mrs. pennsylvania lowsy said. here are the facts. -- ms. pelosi said. here are the facts. fact, last year 17,000 people with prior criminal convictions were stopped trying to cross our southern border. fact, the recent 8,000-plus person caravan had a that attempted to breach our southern border, contained over 600 confirmed criminal migrants.
fact, approximately 90% of heroin seized by you customs and border protection is interdicted along the southwest border of the united states. at and between the ports of entry. and mexico continues to be the primary supplier of heroin to the united states. fact, the department of homeland security reports a 73% surge in the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl interdicted at the southern border over the last two years. fact, over 72,000 americans died of an opioid overdose last year. fact, in my home state of kentucky, we suffer from the fifth highest opioid overdose rate in america. fact, the administration's request to congress is not funding for a concrete wall as some falsely claim. it's a commonsense request for a sophisticated border wall
system, including strategyly placed -- strategically placed 30-foot steel barriers, technology, lights, cameras, and sensors, and other infrastructure. fact, certainly there are 700 miles of physical barriers on our southern border. a measure 90 he democrats, including barack obama, joe biden, hillary clinton, dianne feinstein, and chuck schumer supported in 2006. speaker pelosi, it's interesting you claim walls are, quote, imporl, when -- immoral, when many of the leading voices in your party have a previous record of supporting physical barriers on our southern border, do you consider them immoral? fact, border walls work. the department of homeland security reports that where a wall was built illegal crossings have dropped by 90% or more. for example, apprehensions of illegal aliens crossing the border in el paso, texas, draw 72% in one year and 95% over 2 years.
veteran chief border patrol agent chavez, hispanic american not a political appointee, a career professional, with the border patrol agency, has said that the newly constructed border wall in her sector of california has already reduced illegal border crossings. madam speaker, you are entitled to your opponent opinion. but you are not entitled to your own facts. i certainly agree with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle who say we must end this government shutdown and pay our federal employees. it is wrong that these workers are missing paychecks. especially a essential government workers required to work. after all many of these people correction officers, air traffic controls, border patrol agents, these are the very people who are charged with the responsibility of keeping the american people safe. that's why i co-sponsored the no work without pay act which would require us to pay these essential federal workers
during the pendency of a shutdown, but as important as it is that we timely fund these patriotic americans' paychecks, it's equally important and perhaps more important that we fund their mission. by all means we must end this government shutdown, but that objective won't happen when the speaker of the house refuses to accept basic irrefutable facts. it won't happen until both parties sit down and offer a proposal and compromise and counterproposal something the speaker of the house refuses to do. my friends on the other side of the aisle, many of whom i know are equally committed to protecting the american people, to speaker pelosi and senator schumer, stop the partisan games. do your job. protect the american people from drugs and criminals. end this shutdown and fund commonsense border security. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to make their remarks to the chair. the chair recognizes the
gentlewoman from new hampshire, ms. kuster, for five minutes. ms. kuster: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to call for an immediate end to president trump's irresponsible and unnecessary government shutdown, which has now entered its 26th day. people in my home state of new hampshire and across this country are suffering, and they are put at risk because of this manufactured crisis. one woman wrote into my office, my two girls and i count on the auto deposit from their dad. if this goes on, we will not be able to buy food, pay bills, or buy gasoline. another constituent wrote, we are not ok with a shutdown for a wall or for any other reason. we are not pawns on a chess board. the wife of a coast guard
member spoke of the sacrifices that their family has already made for this country, and now they are facing the uncertainty of even being able to pay their mortgage. we take an oath to protect and defend this country. safety is our number one job. and yet air traffic controllers, t.s.a. agents, d.e.a. agents, and even, ironically, border patrol agents are not receiving their pay and our safety is at risk. one of the most heart rending stories i heard is that domestic violence shelters in new hampshire and across this country are cutting services to women and children whose lives are at risk, and these stories
go on and on. they speak to the reality of who in our society is truly being hurt by president trump's shutdown. women and children, seniors and veterans whose health and safety and well-being is put at risk by his intransigence. we here in the house have voted repeatedly to reopen the government, and the senate should follow suit. i urge the president to end this shutdown so we can focus on the hard work that is expected of us by the american people. democrats and republicans in this congress agree, we need comprehensive immigration reform and 21st century border security. now is the time to reopen the government so that we can work together in good faith to
advance meaningful legislation that will strengthen and protect our country. mr. mcconnell, president trump, do your job. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: members are, again, reminded to make their remarks to the chair. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick, for five minutes. mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, on monday we recognize martin luther king day, and we celebrate his legacy of civil rights and his promotion of opportunity for all. today, i'm proud to recognize an individual from bucks county, pennsylvania, who has spent his life and career dedicated to the advancement of quality. one remembers witnessing martin luther king's "i have a dream" speech and watching his march from selma to montgomery. he worked closely with dr. king
to enact change. he spent time with him in philadelphia. norvell credits this to his quaker faith. he served in india with the service committee and later continued to work on its behalf to return home. he built his own media company to help bring cable television to then communist poland. mr. speaker, his dedication to the service of others is truly inspiring. we thank him and his wife, ann, and his sons, tim and stockton, for their service to our country. mr. speaker, i rise to recognize a faith community in bucks county, pennsylvania, that's going the extra mile to minimize the negative impact felt by federal workers and their families during this prolong government shutdown. last friday, an estimated 800,000 federal employees
missed their paycheck. understanding the undo hardship these federal employees are facing, the food center at a church stepped up to the plate, opening their doors to furloughed federal workers and their families with the opportunity to receive food. mr. speaker, i am truly blessed to represent such thoughtful and compassionate constituents. as i did the same exact spot yesterday, urge our colleagues to put aside their differences and reopen our government. our inaction is putting federal employees in an untenable position. we like to extend our heart-felt thanks to the reverend and all staff and volunteers at the food center at morrisville presbyterian church for their work. each and every one of them make our community a special place.
mr. speaker, january is stalking awareness month, and i rise today to bring attention to the critical need for action to empower survivors and protect victims of this crime. yesterday, i proudly joined my colleague representative stephanie murphy from florida and senators tumey and casey to combat the online predators act. this bill would increase criminal penalties for the stalking of children and help ensure law enforcement officials evaluate and update online to combat stalking. millions of americans, including the most vulnerable among us, are harmed each year by stalkers. here in congress, we must work in a bipartisan manner to eliminate the dingell tal footprint of predators -- digital footprint of predators to protect the kids in our community and our nation. i'm deeply grateful for the support and advocacy of one family in bucks county, pennsylvania, who serve as an
inspiration for this legislation, the combat online predators act, and for survivors everywhere. i pledge to work with all my colleagues, democrat and republican alike, to advance this legislation and other solutions to stop stalking in all of its forms. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey, mr. malinowski, for five minutes. mr. ma noise key -- mr. the speaker pro tempore: malino americans why we would not pay them for our service to our country, even as they must keep paying for their rent, their medicine, their kids' education. for 26 days we had to explain why small business owners can't get loans, why food safety inspections are suspended, why lines are growing and terminals are being shut down at our
airports, why we're willing to jeopardize the safety of air travelers, why we can't protect our national parks from desecration, why securing our country is so important, we aren't paying the coast guard, custom and border patrol officers to secure it. in the last few days i've been hearing from college students in my district who have until february 1 to apply for financial aid, but they can't access their tax transcripts from the i.r.s. and i ask, why are we doing this to ourselves? the president says it's because of border security. but if we're honest, we know that's not what this is about. if getting $5.7 billion for a border wall is important enough to inflict this much suffering on americans, why didn't the president pick this fight in the two years when his party controlled both houses of the congress?
why is he doing this now? i think we know the answer. i fear for the president the chaos is sometimes not a means to an end but an end in itself, that he doesn't want a wall, he wants a fight over the wall. not a compromise to open the government, but a conflict that dismantles the government. and that raises the stakes for all of us. for this is not about how we secure the border, as important that is to all of us, it's about how we govern our country. we have a chance now to say once and for all presidents are entitled to try to persuade us, to support their priorities, but if they fail to persuade us, they are not entitled to shut the government to get their way. none of us, not democrats or republicans, are entitled to hold hostage the basic functions of our government to force our will on others. if we give into this tactic now, it will be used again and again and again, and we will
have chaos in our government for as far as the eye can see. so how do we solve this problem? we will not solve it by abdicating our responsibility in the congress, and waiting for the president to agree on something. if we wait for that, we will be waiting forever. we will not solve it by encouraging him to use mother-in-law powers or to use , r -- to use emergency powers that will tear another hole in our constitutional fabric. we will solve it when the house and the senate, democrats and republicans, come together to say, this is not how we do business in a democracy. so mr. speaker, instead of enabling this abdication of responsibility by the white house, let us rise to our responsibility in the congress. let us work together to reopen the government, by passing the same bills we were all willing to vote for across party lines last year and then let's sit down together as adults to talk
about immigration and the border as part of the debate about funding the department of homeland security. when both sides can put their ideas on the table and find common ground. if we do that, we will not only address border security, we will break this pernicious practice of taking the american people hostage when we don't get our way. we can make this the shutdown to end all shutdowns. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from kansas, mr. marshall, for five minutes. mr. marshall: thank you, mr. speaker. i grew up in a small town in kansas, and perhaps the most respected person in the city was our family physician, dr. norman olberholzer. he delivered my brother, my sister, and, of course, me. he saved my life. he saved many people's lives. by the time i was in ninth
grade, i knew i wanted to be a physician just like dr. olberholzer. i worked hard and with the support of my family and friends was able to get into medical school. by the time i was a second-year resident, i was supposed to decide what type of physician was i going to be. go back to february of 1987, and we had our first baby. a little girl named lauren. the second she was born, the moment i heard her first cry i said, this is what i want to do. i want to deliver babies the rest of my life. so as an obstetrician for the next 30 years, every day i got to see 10, 20, 40, sometimes 50 pregnant women. it was a great experience, and there was some very special visits that i really looked forward to with those moms. their first visit for a first-time mom was always a special moment. the moms came in, they had a twinkle in their eyes and they may have been throwing up for three, four, five days already, but there was still a sparkle
in their eye and excitement. and sometimes i would get to do a sono gram at that -- sonogram at that first visit and about a month after conception, you can see a baby's heartbeat. they would come back at about 12 weeks for their next visit and by then their nausea was improving and we could hear a baby's heartbeat on the doppler for the first time. they came back again at about 18 weeks and i would ask them, do you feel the baby move yet, and, again, the mom's eyes would sparkle that they were feeling their baby move. i would notice when i touched the mom and i would touch the baby, the baby would push back. if there was maybe a brother or sister in the room, if that brother or sister spoke, i could feel the baby move. could actually hear the heart rate increase of the baby inside the mom. of course later on, the favorite moment of my entire life was always getting to hear that first cry of that newborn and give that baby to a proud
mom and dad. so those are great, great times. mr. speaker, i'm often asked, when do i think life begins, and i hope you can relate to the stories i just shared that i don't have any other choice but to believe that life begins at conception and that those babies are people and they deserve our respect and our protection. . this we'll we'll be welcoming 00,000 people in the march for life in d.c. i want to salute some students coming from kansas, like many students they'll be riding a bus for 24 hours. i'm so proud of them. i look forward to seeing them. i just appreciate their efforts and putting their actions, their words into actions. mr. speaker, as a doctor of over 25 years, i delivered thousands of babies and i certainly understand the responsibility i have as a member of congress to protect the life of the unborn.
in the last two years this house thanks to a republican majority as passed countless bills to limit abortion, end taxpayer subsidized abortion, and prohibit abortions of unborn babies over 20 weeks. unfortunately, these bills never made it to the president's desk. today the united states is one of seven countries in the world, one of seven countries in the world that allow babies old enough to feel pain and survive outside the womb to be torn from limb to limb. the list includes china, north korea, significanta pore, vietnam, and a list of other human rights offenders that our nation, this country, should not be proud to be part of. each year more than 600,000 abortions are performed across this country. costing our country precious lives. the fact is only one in seven americans, one in seven mericans support under all circumstances roe vs. wade and still congress refuses to act.
over the course of my first term i made it a top pry yoort to fight for those who can't and i'll continue to do so. abortions are an injustice to the unborn and complete disregard for life. congress should prevent taxpayer money from ever being funneled into immoral organizations like planned parenthood and finally put an end to abortion. i unapologetically stand with the children, with these babies who do not have a voice of their own to fight. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. veasey, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor the life of my dear friend, dion phillips bagsly, pictured here. dion was a very strong leader in the fort worth community.
she served as a role moddle to so many people, including myself, and she was really -- model to so many people, including myself, and she was really trying to segregate the fort worth schools. it spurred her to run for the county commissioner seat in precinct one in 19 . when she ran she became the first woman and first african-american to became a county commissioner. she did a tremendous job for the county and city of fort worth. roughout her 16-year tenure, dionne fought to increase access to health resources for women and children. her former precinct administrator, who is now the unty commissioner, said it best when he said that dionne is not a politician. she was a public servant. in 2005, i was proud to be a part of the texas legislature and honor her for a lifetime of
service. and again she was a mentor. mentor of so many young women throughout fort worth who sought to replicate her success. she held them -- help them aspire to careers that challenge the norm. she always encourage canned those young women to never give up. and dionne broke barriers for african-american community, for women, for the disadvantaged, for the disabled, for so many others. including myself. and i will tell you and will be honest with you, if you ever met her you will know that she was very much in straight talk. she did not mins words and always -- mince words and always cut to the chase. but i will also tell you as i mentioned before that dionne was a tremendous mentor. when i was elected to the state legislature in 2004, dionne was the first person to call me up and we went and had lunch. when i got married later, she
called my wife and i up and we went and had lunch with her. when i came to congress and was elected in 2012, she was one of the first people to call me up and me, her, and ray miller, a former clerk of the house here, my wife we all went and had dinner. she was more than happy to dispense good advice that was ery, very helpful to me. mr. speaker, dionne was also very instrumental in bringing a lot of firsts to fort worth. i mentioned her work with the schools. being the first black and first woman on the county commissioner's court. but her legacy still lives. she was one of the legacy members. the greater fort worth negro and a professional women's club. she got a national charter for that organization and had the first meeting in her living room in southeast fort worth.
and if you ever went to any of her receptions while she was still in office, between that 1988 and 2005 time period, you will know that one of the things that she liked to do was give shout outs. she gave shoutouts to everybody from people in her family to the person who was her trainer. and i'm going to just give a shout out to some of her family members and special friends today and everybody back home please forgive me if i left anyone out. but her daughter, her son, jimmy, her husband who preceded her in death who was also on the city council, jim. her granddaughter, kirby. her grandkids, messiah, kelly, elijah. her brother, paul. and she had so many friends that she would like to give shout outs to, including one who preceded her in death, dr.
herman johnson. hadley, her dear friend. norma, bob, jesse, again, lorraine, viney, and again county commissioner ray charles brooks who was also someone that dionne mentored and who was her precinct administrator. but also a very, very clear friend. we lost a giant in fort worth by losing dionne. she will be missed because she was a friend to so many and always had so many colorful and wonderful and humorous things to say. but i can can tell you that our city is better off, our county is better off because of dionne moves to fort worth with her husband and helped make it a bert place for everybody. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from missouri, mrs. wagner, for five minutes. mr. speaker, i
rise today to stand with the hundreds of thousands of americans who are traveling to washington for the 46th annual march for life. fighting for their rights of the most vulnerable americans and my most precious responsibility since long before i was elected to congress. those notably i can remember marching to defend our unborn children when i was pregnant with my son steven in january of 1990. and last year i was proud to march just days after my first granddaughter, isabella, was born. this friday the day of the march, we'll celebrate isabella's first birthday. again and again i am reminded that life is beautiful. the children are a a blessing. and we must do all we can can to support our nation's mothers. though now we have a divided
congress, there is still so much we can do to lift up women and children. this month my colleagues and i called on president trump to veto any legislation that weakens federal policies against abortion. we're fortunate that the administration is taking action to protect life. the president has reinstated president reagan's title x protect life rule so our tax dollars don't fund abortion providers like planned parenthood and a others. this is widely popularpolicy. new public polling shows millennials prefer their tax dollars go to federally qualified health centers rather than abortion providers like planned parenthood by a a three to one margin. and only 7% of millennials share the position of the democrat party platform that abortion should be a available without any exceptions, and funded by your tax dollars. the the administration is heeding the concerns of the american people.
just last month the national institutes of health announced it will fund up to $0 million to find alternatives to using human fetal tissue in research projects. the u.s. government should end all contracts that use baby body parts. we must preserve the integrity and scientific research by protecting pregnant women and their children. this month i am introducing two bills to tea fend life. first is the born alive act which will require all health care providetories give babies who survive abortion the same level of care as other newborns. and ensure they are immediately admitted to the hospital. the illegal fetal tissue trafficking industry profits most from abortions that increase the likelihood after a live birth. congress must provide born alive infants with lifesaving care, not exploit, kill, and sell them to the highest bidder. i'm also introducing the
prenatal nondiscrimination act which will prohibit sex selection of abortions or fossing a woman to obtain a sex selection abortion. the sad truth is that victims of the abortions are overwhelmingly female. it's estimated that 117 million girls are demographically missing from around the world due to sex selection abortions, infan at this side, and other forms of gender-based violence. girls are targeted for abortions not only in countries like china and india, but right here in the united states. these abortions victimize both mother and daughter and have no place in a just society. mr. speaker, there is so much work we can can do. bipartisan work to protect america's mothers and babies. i hope we can act together to serve and protect all god's children. thank you to all those who march for life this week.
i stand with you and i will continue to fight and pray for the day when abortion is not only illegal, but is unthinkable. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman rom texas, for five minutes. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i'm honored to stand here today as representative for p texas third congressional district. mr. taylor: this district was first represented by william thomas clark, a general in the union army in 1870. since then 19 people have represented the district, including myself. most recently a true american hero, congressman sam johnson epresented the third district. for 20 years he served in the united states. prior to that he was in the u.s. air force.
shot down his first m.i.g. in korea. served a ground tore of vietnam. and second tour on his 46th mission he was flying his jet over and enemy gun position. his gun jammed. he did a circle around. flew a second time and that time he was shot down. he then went to the hanoi hilton. beetings, rvived torture. you know what, despite that, despite the tremendous pressure he was under, sam johnson was unique among the prisoners of the hanoi hilton he never broke. he never gave in. he was waivered in his patriotism and his faith and god and courage and sacrifices and commitment to this country. for that america is eternally grateful for his service. after he got back from the hanoi hilton and came back to his beloved shirley and children back in texas, but he went -- he was in the air force for a while and went into business. he wanted to continue to serve. in 1986 he ran for the texas
house of representatives. elected to the third district in a special election in 1991. here in the united states congress he served for 28 years. served on the ways and means committee. and continued to be an icon of virtue, paragon of service, a man whose shoes i i can can never truly fill. but in whose footsteps i resolve to try to walk in. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from arkansas, mr. westerman, for five minutes. mr. speaker, i rise today to talk about a fundamental human right. a right declared to be unalienable right by our founders who proclaimed we're all created equal and have the god-given right to live, to live freely and to pursue happiness. our founding fathers carefully
articulated that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are the human rights that encompass the american way and are the logical foundation for freedom. unfortunately, it seems that planned parenthood has a logic problem. the c.e.o. of planned parenthood tweeted just last week that the organization's core mission is, and i quote, providing, protecting, and expanding access to abortion and reproductive care. and she called the procedure of an aa portion, and i quote again, a fundamental human right. . mr. speaker, abortion is not a human right. abortion, to the contrary, is death. antithesis of abortion is life. for years we have been fed the same argument, that planned parenthood operates to ensure
women's health and prenatal care. but straight from their c.e.o., we know this is not the truth. planned parenthood's mission is abortion. planned parenthood's mission is death. and their actions prove it. planned parenthood ended the fundamental right to life rough 321,384 abortions in 2016. -- is 881 abort deaths aborted deaths per day. the c.e.o. said in the same tweet that the organization will never back down from that fight. to not only expand access to abortion but to deem it a human right. mr. speaker, as freedom-loving americans, we must stand on our core principles that all are created equal, and we cannot back down from the fight to
preserve life and to protect those who can't protect themselves. i look forward to continuing work to ensure that our taxpayer dollars do not fund death and abortion, a procedure that denies the right to live and contradicts the core founding principles of our freedom and our nation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. grothman, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to support life. 46 years ago when i was a senior in high school, it was decided by the u.s. supreme court, the u.s. supreme court felt that the united states
constitution required abortion be legal in this country. despite the fact that for much of the past century every state in the union felt that abortion should be made illegal. this decision directly led to the deaths of over 40 million children who should have been living a full life. john adams said that our constitution was meant for moral and religious people. how can country, built for moral and religious people, living under our constitution allow this to happen? well, we know how it happened. about 10 years ago, justice ruth bader ginsburg let the cat out of the bag. this decision was meant to prevent the growth in populations we don't want to have too many of. the progressives' dream. how do they get their dream? sometimes they talk about science and say we don't take
into science enough around here. it's interesting that in 1973, when this decision was reached, we didn't have ultrasounds. now with ultrasounds, it's more apparent than ever that every new baby in that womb is a unique individual with its heartbeating, with its feeling pain. nevertheless, we continue to ignore that science and continue to allow this horrible stain on our culture. indeed, right now the united states is only one of seven countries to allow late-term abortions.
there we are in the same list as north korea and china and vietnam. i guess you can kind of look back and see why in the 1960's the progressives will talk about ho chi minh and why they wanted the communists to win. this is the type of country they like. our forefathers wanted this country to be a country that would shed a light on the world. nevertheless, we appear to be going backwards. the new majority recently brought a bill to the floor to allow the united states to pay for abortions abroad again. is this what we want america to be known for? the united states telling countries all around the world that abortion should be legal and the government should be paying for abortion? what a stain on the moral record of the united states of america. this is the week of the march for life. i'd like to thank all the people from the state of wisconsin who are there and come here diligently every year hoping the people in this city, oth the justices and the politicians, realize that this murder of almost a million people a year must end. so i'd like to thank them and hope that this is the last year
that we have to continue this debate and that finally by this year this time we one more time think that life is precious and our government will not continue to allow the premature snuffing out of life. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until noon today. >> reopen the federal government through february 8. and would provide over $12 billion for disaster relief funding. parts of the government remain shut down. day number 26. longer than any other previous shut down. we'll have more live house coverage when they return at noon here on c-span. news from house speaker nancy pelosi. she is asking president trump to reschedule the state of the
union which had been scheduled for tuesday, the 29th of january. in her letter to the president she said sadly given the security concerns unless government reopens this week, i suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after a the government has reopened for this address for you. to consider also delivering your state of the union address in writing to the congress on january the 29th. so far no response from the white house. we'll keep you posted. as we wait for the house to return at noon, however, we'll take you live now over to the senate environment committee. they are hearing from the nominee to be e.p.a. administrator, andrew wheeler. his confirmation hearing. ive coverage here on c-span. >> the other thing i talked to you about was when were you born or i was born it was about a rate of a third of point per year, now aiming towards 2 1/2 points a year. the rate of pollution despite all of ton